Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 10th February 2015, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Sunny! Clouds all to the north
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 265cm
Slightly over 30cm on the top of my car overnight and blue skies above us for first lifts... sounds almost perfect!

Surprisingly we do have bright and sunny skies above right now - snow is forecast for the day and you can see the clouds to the north of Minamiuonuma... will they roll in as forecast or will we get to enjoy some clear conditions at least for a bit this morning?

Yesterday we also had a few times when there were clearings in the clouds above, but snow moved on back in. Not a whole lot during the day though really, the snow that I report is pretty much all from overnight.

Maiko Snow Resort is reporting 40cm... with Kagura and Naeba both reporting 10-20cm. So it looks like we may have got more down here again.

I don't know if it's really worth looking at the forecast with what's happening now, but it's snowfall for the day today (!) and into tomorrow, easing off in the morning.

First tracks this morning should be excellent.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
390cm (upper)
300cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
360cm (Kogen)
300cm (Nunoba)
Yuzawa Nakazato:


Nighta in the area

Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening - is available at the following resorts in the area.

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm)
Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays)
Joetsu Kokusai:
Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm)
Kandatsu Kogen:
From 23rd January, 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning)
Maiko Snow Resort:
Every day until 14th March (until 8pm)
Every day until 29th March (until 9pm)
All night on 14th February and 14th March (10pm until 6am)
NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only):
Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)

Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available.
Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta' (or do not plan to have more this season).
Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.


Ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa town   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 10th February 2015, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 400cm
Morning from my Hirafu base with more fresh snow to report and very cold temperatures.

-17 degrees being reported by Niseko Village and Annupuri areas this morning on their upper slopes.

Again not a huge amount of fresh down here, but it's snowing now and there's a solid 10cm here at base and as you can see from the report below there's more being reported around the mountain, so conditions should be pretty good this morning - especially higher up. I will have to go and check!

It's not the most important number but just for the record the official upper snow depth at Niseko Grand Hirafu hits 400cm this morning.

The forecast still has snowmen lined up each day through into the weekend so snow is expected daily - how much? We'll just have to see what we get served up.

Yesterday the wind conditions prevented some lifts from getting started. How's today shaping up? Looks better this morning with all resorts open and apart from possible late starts due to some checks on the top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village, open as normal.

Have a fun day!


Tomorrow is a national holiday in Japan - National Foundation Day.


Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning. Possible late start for top King 4 chair.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning. Possible late start for top Wonderland chair.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -11C, 20cm of snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: NE5m/s, -13C, 30cm snowfall. Annupuri 1000m: W5m/s, -13C, snowpack 285cm. Hirafu 1000m: -12C. Peak 1308m: SE speed n/a, -18.6C. Coastal data: Benkei cape WNW17m/s, Kamui cape WSW18m/s, 996hPa, 1.6m waves.

30-40cm snowfall has been observed mainly in western areas. The snowdrifts are slowly developing but stabilizing at the same time. The slabs are also stabilizing, however cornices and knolls above 800m are still unstable and considerable avalanche risk remains in typical avalanche terrain. Gates opening are yet to be determined, please respect the ski patrol’s decision.

Better refrain from riding high altitude open steep slopes today. The stabilization process is delayed due to low temperature and a failure from Feb 7th layer would trigger a large surface slab slide. The areas outside the gates is not the ski resort anymore, always be alert and ride cautiously. Carrying an avalanche beacon is not compulsory in the Niseko out of bounds area, however it is seriously recommended to do so to minimize the risks. Avalanche beacons may save not only your life, but your buddy’s too. Have a nice day.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 400cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 280cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 300cm
Base - 180cm


Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
No night skiing at the Hanazono area

Niseko Village
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo Number 1 Quad


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 10th February 2015, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 280cm
It's another very cold morning here in Nozawa and I have more fresh to report too... since yesterday the resort is reporting 15-23cm of fresh snow across the mountain. They're also reporting a temperature of -12C at Yamabiko as of 8am.

Just generally cloudy conditions as I write this report approaching 9am, and we're not really expecting much in terms of snow today. More just cloud and it should be remaining cold.

Looks like tomorrow should be a cracker with sun on the forecast and getting a bit warmer as well, hopefully not too much.

Then it's back to snow falling Friday and Saturday so continued fresh conditions looks likely.


Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):

Yamabiko - 17cm
Uenotaira - 23cm
Hikage - 20cm
Nagasaka - 19cm
Karasawa - 15cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 430cm
Uenotaira - 380cm
Hikage - 280cm
Nagasaka - 280cm
Karasawa - 230cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39


Lifts open (subject to change):

All lifts operating except:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B line


Night skiing at Nozawa until 8pm on the following dates:

Every Saturday until 28th March


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data

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Naeba Now!

Tuesday 10th February 2015, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 270cm
The skies have cleared again for yet another cracking day! We have had between 10 and 20cms of snow over night, with no real strong winds. The temperature this morning is -7 but definitely going to warm up as the day goes on. It is forecast to be cloudy later on in the day so a good chance to get out and enjoy this fantastic morning.

Yesterday’s weather was a mixed day with sun/cloud and snowy spells throughout the whole day, again turning into heavy snow later on in the evening.

Looking forward to tomorrow, the forecast is a good chance of a beautiful day with cleaer skies and virtually no wind all day.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 270cm
Kagura: 350cm


New snowfall:




This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 10th February 2015, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 215cm
The very (very) cold conditions continue this morning and once again some snow overnight but some sun to start the day off.

Sounds good to me that....though it is extremely cold!

Anyway this morning should be superb with the cold conditions (did I mention it was cold), fresh snow and sun shining down.

More sun forecast tomorrow too. The return of snow due late Thursday.


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

Okushiga Kogen:
Open (note: skiers only resort area)


Ichinose Family

Ichinose Yamanokami:

Ichinose Diamond:

Takamagahara Mammoth:




Most open

Happo Bundaraia:

Sun Valley:



Open (note: skiers only resort area)

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge:


Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Sun Valley:
Every Saturday until March 21st

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
Every Saturday until March 28th

Every Saturday until February 21st

Every Saturday until March 28th
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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 10th February 2015, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 170cm
A very good morning to you from a snowy and cold Hakuba.

It was very cold through the day yesterday with a bit of snowfall on the mountains, and then some heavy snowfall overnight.

Cortina once again reporting 30-40cm of fresh but Hakuba Goryu wins the 'most snow reported' award this morning with 50cm up on the Alps Daira top area up there. Happo and 47 also reporting a good 25-30cm as well, so we are spoilt for choice this morning.

Not a good day for scenery though as the snow continues to fall and it's generally very visibility out there. Cold too. Need the right goggles and gear this morning.

Forecast telling us to expect it to not last much longer today, and we might get a clearer and sunny day tomorrow with temps rising into low positive numbers. It's a national holiday as well tomorrow, so good timing there.

More snowfall is due after that though, late Friday going into the weekend.

The goods are out there this morning.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Tuesday 10th February 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 50cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira, 25cm at Toomi and 20cm at Iimori
All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course) - once they clear the snow up there... delayed opening of top area.

- Alps Daira - 325cm
- Toomi - 170cm
- Iimori - 170cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 30cm of new snowfall at base; reporting 5cm on mountain at 3pm yesterday
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 315cm
- Lower - 190cm


Reporting 25cm of fresh snow at Usagidaira.
Happo Banks The Snow Park is now open.

- Usagidaira - 330cm
- Nakiyama - 160cm
- Sakka - 170cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 30-40cm of fresh snowfall.
Open as planned this morning.

- Upper - 460cm
- Lower - 300cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Gondola not moving early on due to weather conditions.
Uma-no-se and Forest courses not open.
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 365cm
- Maruyama - 210cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 215cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall, seems low.

- Upper - 270cm
- Lower - 160cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
New snowfall not updated in time for report

- 255cm


All areas now open.

- 200cm


Night skiing at resorts in the Hakuba area:

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm.
Hakuba Happo-one:
Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm.
Hakuba Cortina:
Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm.
Tsugaike Kogen:
Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm.
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.

   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 10th February 2015, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 290cm
Up to 10cm of fresh overnight and into this morning here in Madarao and while there's still a lot of cloud around it's not snowing just now. If anything we're expecting it to clear during the day today, to be followed by some fine calm and possibly clear skies tomorrow.

Keeping cold especially without the sun.

Things might warm up a bit tomorrow, but by the weekend back to the cold and fresh snow as well.


Lifts planned to be open:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A
Number 5
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift
Moving Walkway
Kids Park
Freeride Park
Tree Run Courses should be open today.

Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data

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Minakami Now!

Tuesday 10th February 2015, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 420cm
Another 25cm of fresh up top with 15cm on the car park.

Temps here remain cold, the sun is poking its head through and aside from occasional strong gusts, the weather is pretty good at the moment.


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 420cm
Hodaigi: 230cm


Base: 15cm
Tenjindaira: 25cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 10th February 2015, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog, white-out
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Cold, windy and snowy... that's what we have this morning.

White out conditions on upper areas of the mountain and not far off that lower down too with lots of low cloud around.

Might be quite strong winds out but as I write this the lifts/ropeways seem to all be open as planned.

Taking a look at the forecast, we can expect snow through today and really on-and-off right into the weekend as well.

A complete refresh would seem to be on the cards.


Official snow depths (Tuesday 10th February 15):

Utopia: 220cm
Chuo: 200cm
Paradise: 200cm
Uwanodai: 155cm

Zao Onsen is fully open (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).


Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

Every evening now until 28th February

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.
   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 10th February 2015, 9:42am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
It was a bit of a dissapointment waking up this morning to find nothing more than a dusting of fresh around the village. Things are still looking positive though with some light snow expected through the day with heaviest precipitation coming in from this evening. Winds are moderate this morning but will reduce from tonight and be light by Thursday morning. The slopes have improved substantially with the snow from yesterday and we are back to powder conditions.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 10th February 2015, 13:42pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy but generally quite bright
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 400cm
My apologies for the late report - there has been some mid-season madness going on this morning!

The very heavy snow that we were sort of expecting... kind of missed us a bit, going just to the north of us here in the main Myoko area. If the Arai resort was still open, they'd have got dumped on!

Even so, there's a good 20cm at base and I am hearing from colleagues of maybe even up to about 1m of fresh snowfall very high up above 1600m.

It's quite nice now with very light snow falling but keeping quite bright. It's a little warmer than yesterday and we expect it to warm up further tomorrow along with some sunshine for the national holiday that it is. Expect things to be busier than a normal Wednesday because of those things.

Snow should be back falling by Friday!


Akakura Kanko:
400cm, -10°

Akakura Onsen:
316cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
300cm, -5°

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, -10° (top)

Seki Onsen:
530cm, -8°

Myoko Ski Park:
390cm, -5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
400cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
250cm, -7°

Madarao Kogen:
290m, -9°


Night skiing in the Myoko area:

Akakura Onsen (Kumado): until 10pm every day until 22 March
Tangram Ski Circus: until 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March
Madarao Kogen: until 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March
   Read more ...

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